Title: The Hardest Fall (Roadmap to Your Heart #3)
Author: Christina Lee
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 23, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 226 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Lee trades country ballads for show tunes in the next standalone book of her Roadmap to Your Heart series.
After licking his wounds from a painful relationship, Tate Sullivan is ready to move back home. He picks up where he left off as drag queen extraordinaire Frieda Love in a West Village bar in New York City. He doesn’t expect to be drawn to the mysterious man with the dark eyes who shows up to every single performance—flirtatiously eyeing Tate one second and disappearing on him the next. Why mess around with a guy who is clearly giving him mixed signals?
Sebastian Clark is on a mission the first night he shows up at Ruby Redd’s. He doesn’t anticipate his plan being flipped on its head by the charismatic drag queen and even more so by the mesmerizing man beneath the makeup. But the more he learns about the vibrant and brash Tate Sullivan the more intrigued he becomes. So he pushes aside his guilt about why he sought out the bar in the first place in order to get to know the guy behind the stilettos.
They’re opposites on many levels, but as Tate spends time volunteering with Sebastian at the shelter, he begins to feel good about himself in ways he hadn’t before. For Sebastian, Tate represents a sense of fun and freedom that is completely fresh and invigorating. Before they know it, their easy companionship catches fire, and Sebastian is kissing a man for the first time, while Tate is opening his heart to new possibilities. But Sebastian is still keeping a secret, and Tate will have to decide if he can trust again, or if the betrayal he feels from Sebastian’s confession is too much to overcome.
I wish I could say this book was hit for me but I can’t. It was hard for me to connect with the story especially the first 20-25%. I struggled a bit and had to kind of push myself to continue. The story did get better but not enough for me to say “I loved this book.”
Some things that I did like:
– The characters. I loved Sebastian and Tate. They were different but complemented each other well.
-Frieda Love- Tate’s alter ego. She was fun and sassy. She was the best part of the story.
-I also enjoyed the supporting cast. Annie (Sebastian’s employee) and Tori (Tate’s roommate) were great.
-The story is narrated through a dual POV. Always a plus in my eyes.
What didn’t work for me:
-The inner monologues. They were too much! It reached a point where I started skimming them.
-The OTT drama at the end. It didn’t work for me and had the opposite effect that the author was striving for.
-And the secret that dragged on for waaaaaay tooooo long. ***This goes back to my first point of inner monologues. I got tired of Sebastian- thinking about “the secret”. It started sounding whiny to me. It was so repetitive.***
In the end, the story had some highs and lows for me. My final rating will be 3 Stars: liked didn’t love. I think though if you’re a fan of this series check it out. 🙂